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IT’S EASY TO GIVE UP ON HOPE AND A PLAN WHEN IT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME. LUCKILY FOR BOOKER T. WASHINGTON’S TREY PHIPPS, HIS PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE PAID OFF IN THE FORM OF AN OFFER FROM HIS DREAM PROGRAM. by john tranchina
photos by marc rains
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Booker T. Washington High School senior Trey Phipps always dreamed of playing Division I basketball at the University of Oklahoma. And it wasn’t just because his father, Conley (also his coach at BTW), played there. “Growing up, I was always an OU fan,” says Trey, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound shooting guard who led the Hornets to the Class 6A state championship last year with a virtuoso performance.
But when a scholarship from the Sooners hadn’t materialized, he committed to the University of Tulsa in May 2018, at the end of his sophomore year. The problem was that he felt like he was settling. So, last July, he made the tough decision to decommit from the Golden Hurricane. As fate would have it, two days later, he received an offer to wear the crimson and cream.